26 September 2013 - Berwick News

RESPECT was the key word at the Casey Multi-faith Network’s sixth annual gathering earlier this month. The night, held at Nossal High School, included a range of performances from various international and religious groups as each person involved learned more about other cultures, and continues to do so.

Frankston Interfaith Network’s Peace Day celebrations with Joy of the Earth Community Gardeners on Sunday 22nd September was a beautiful, shining example of how two very different communities can come together to celebrate in harmony and peace.

International UN World Peace Day was celebrated jointly by COMMON (Centre of Melbourne Multifaith and Others Network) and WIN (Women's Interfaith Network) foundation on 21st September 2013 from 6.30pm at the East Melbourne orthodox Synagogue, 488 Albert St, East Melbourne, Australia.

On Tuesday 17 September, the Boroondara Interfaith Network in partnership with the Burwood and District Inter Church Council celebrated UN International Day of Peace with over 100 community members at Church of Christ Hartwell. The event took the form of a peace forum, including a shared supper bringing together people of all faith backgrounds and members of Boroondara's local police force to discuss peace in today's society.

The Banyule Interfaith Network (BIN) was publicly launched in December 2012. Since then, our first venture into interfaith dialogue has been to hold public forums with a panel of speakers, then everyone breaking into small discussion groups.Our first forum was in April on the topic ‘Faith and Marriage’. ‘Rites of Passage’ was the mysterious topic we chose for our second forum on September 15th – with a subscript ‘Fostering Faith from Birth to Adulthood’.

The Annual Forum of the Monash Interfaith Gathering was held on the 5th of September at the Clayton Theatrette. This year's theme was 'Mental Health - A Multicultural Perspective'. The forum was well attended by a cross section of the community, including people from various faith and ethnic backgrounds as well as members from the allied medical profession supporting mental health.

3rd September 2013 - Hume & Whittlesea Northern Weekly

Hume council has never experienced anything like the extraordinary religious angst evident at last Monday night’s council meeting. More than 1000 people turned out at Broadmeadows to protest against a plan to build a mosque next to St Mary’s Ancient Church of the East in Coolaroo.

On behalf of Victoria’s faith communities, we join together to call on all Australian political parties and leaders to treat asylum seekers with the respect they deserve, and to uphold their basic rights to seek asylum in Australia, and to work and contribute to the Victorian and Australian community.

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